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Imagine being known as a the guy who rode the biggest wave in the world. Immediate respect, forever.
Rodrigo Koxa will probably never stop telling people about that one time in Portugal. Whether he's in a bar or going about the mundanities of everyday life we bet he's shouting it from the rooftops. After seeing the video for ourselves, we can't blame him in the slightest.
This is the incredible moment he broke the world record for the riding the biggest wave ever surfed.
Pretty bloody cool isn't it?
According to the MailOnline, Rodrigo caught the 80ft monster at Nazaré in Portugal on November 8 last year.
But his record wasn't confirmed until Saturday night at the World Surf League's Big Wave Awards in California. Imagine having to wait that long to receive the crown after risking life and limb.
The 22-year-old, said winning the award was 'the best day of my life'.
Also at the awards, his mate Lucas Chianca was awarded the Best Men's Overall Performance trophy.
The Best Women's Overall Performance went to Hawaiian surfer, Paige Alms, for the third time in her career. Alms defended her Big Wave Tour crown after winning the Pe'ahi Challenge this year.
Britain's Andrew Cotton won the Wipeout of the Year award after his horror fall in Nazare, Portugal, on the same day that Rodrigo completed his master ride.
Cotton wasn't there to pick up his award as he is still recovering from the broken vertebrae that he suffered in that wipe-out. So surfers pick up casual injuries, who would have thought?
It clearly is a pretty dangerous sport, only this month, LADbible told the story of Dylan McWilliams who was attacked by a shark while out surfing near a Hawaii beach.
Dylan took his boogie board down to the only stretch of coastline on the island without the warnings and hopped in to catch a few waves.
It was when he was knocked from his board in about 15ft of water that he felt a searing pain ripple through his left leg.
We think we'll leave surfing to these guys for now, it sounds like a scary pain in the backside.